WINNING HANDS: Members of the Helping Hands committee celebrate the presentation of a Premier’s Award for the group at the GDSC. Photo: Adam Hourigan
WINNING HANDS: Members of the Helping Hands committee celebrate the presentation of a Premier’s Award for the group at the GDSC. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Helping Hands applauded for efforts

FOR almost 30 years the members of the Helping Hands committee have worked selflessly to improve the lives of local people facing medical hardships.

Through trivia nights, raffles and more they have raised more than $85,000 for sick or terminally ill children, adults and community organisations in need.

Now their efforts have been recognised with a NSW Premier's Award.

Committee leader and former Grafton District Services Club manager Arthur Lysaught said he was thrilled with the recognition of their efforts.

He has been with the group since it grew from a fundraiser to buy a voice machine for a woman who couldn't talk.

"The greatest joy I ever had working at the GDSC was being a part of the Helping Hands committee," Mr Lysaught said.

"It's just a great bunch of mates who, if a request is made, sit down and have a yarn about it and if we can help them do our best.

"At the end of the night there's no conditions on the funds donated."

While a number of the children they've raised funds for in the past have sadly died, Mr Lysaught said it was a privilege to have been able to help fulfil their wishes before they passed on.

He added that assistance from organisations and clubs over the years had been immeasurable.

"We've had some fabulous people help us along the road who helped at individual events," he said.

"The venue that we should thank the most is the GDSC. Without the help of various presidents over the years none of this would have happened."



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